MEDIA RELEASE 25 March
Pokeno mouth painting artist at Auckland Royal Easter Show
Pokeno artist Steve Nimmo, who paints by holding the brush in his mouth, will
exhibit his paintings and demonstrate his amazing technique at the Auckland Show
which will be held from 2 to 6 April.
He will be one of eight artists, who are all members of the Mouth and Foot
Painting Artists, will demonstrate during the four day show. The exhibition will
display paintings from MFPA artists from around New Zealand.
Steve will be exhibiting three paintings – one called 'Trainee Fisherman',
another 'Ballooning over Canterbury' and 'Peppers & Fruit'.
Steve became a quadriplegic on Christmas Day 1977 at the age of 18 when he
injured his spinal cord as the result of a diving accident.
After he received a lot of encouragement from his parents and others with a
disability he decided to try mouth painting a go and began in 1991 and after a
lot of training and a lot of frustration,
Steve became a student member of the Mouth and Foot Painting Artist in 1993.
As well as painting, he enjoys all sports, particularly wheel chair rugby.
Simon Jackson, MFPA's Asia Pacific Manager says that the MFPA painters have been
exhibiting at the Auckland Show for several years and see it as a great
opportunity of meet the public.
"We are proud of all of the work of our artists.
"It's fantastic to enter competitions such as the Easter Show Art Awards and
give our artists the opportunity to exhibit their work to a wider audience,"
The Mouth and Foot Painting Artists gain their income through the sale of
products illustrated with their paintings and although this started with
Christmas cards, today it includes a wide list of products ranging from special
occasion cards, jigsaws, tea sets, address books, calendars, Christmas
serviettes and place mats, gift tags and wrapping paper.
Founded in 1956 by a group of European artists, the MFPA is a self-help
organisation which gives people with disabilities the opportunity to fulfil
their creative ambitions while still maintaining financial independence by
selectively selling their artworks.
The MFPA was established in New Zealand in 1961 and currently has 22 members
around the country.
To become a student member an artist must qualify by painting using a brush held
in either their mouth or foot, having lost the use of their hands through an
illness or accident. Student members receive scholarships for art supplies and
tuition. Once an artist becomes a full member or associate they are guaranteed a
salary for life, even if they are unable to continue painting.
Released for MFPA by Dennis Rutzou Public Relations (www.drpr.com.au)
For further information please call Dennis Rutzou on +61 411 510 888.